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DCPS: Enrollment Numbers Not a Problem

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee got into a nasty spat with the D.C. Council this spring over how many students DCPS expected to enroll for the coming school year. Rhee said that the steady decline of recent years had leveled off, and that projections showed student population even ticking up ever so slightly to 45,054. The council disagreed, and held back $27 million from her 2010 budget until both sides eventually settled on 44,681.

At the moment, they're a good distance from either figure. As of the end of June, DCPS enrollment stood at just 19,736. Families need to register anew year to year, providing schools with proof of residency and immunization records. Officials say most families wait until the last minute.

"We are not concerned about current enrollment numbers," said Rhee spokeswoman Jennifer Calloway. "Compared to last year at this time, we have approximately 15,000 more students enrolled."

Bill Turque

By Bill Turque  |  July 8, 2009; 9:19 PM ET
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In other words to date, 15,000 have registered fort SY 09-10. It should be expected that the numbes have increassed from last year at this time. Registration now begins earlier than the usual Early bird July dates previously used. Common sense would suggest that at this time your numbers are higher. However that doesn't indicate that enrollment numbers have increased. That won't be realized until school starts and they start counting. Gosh! Such a play on words and still saying nothing yet!

Posted by: candycane1 | July 9, 2009 7:46 AM | Report abuse

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